The Career Reset

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

Topics: Career Development

I have mentioned in previous articles that I get a lot of messages and emails from people who read my work looking for advice on specific situations. Whenever I can, I try to offer some guidance—but sometimes I feel as though there really is nothing I can say to assist (or worse, that any advice I give could make matters worse for the individual asking).

One such question that I get more frequently than you might imagine is about immigrating to Canada. My article byline and bio for any presentations have always mentioned that I am based in Canada, and that’s a country that is a popular destination for people looking to move to advance their careers and/or their lives. It’s something I did just over 20 years ago when I brought my young family to Canada from the United Kingdom, so I can understand the sentiments.

What I struggle with is the advice people seek. A typical question is, “What is a project management career path in Canada?” or “How can I best get a job in project management in Canada?” That’s an impossible question to answer at the best of times without knowing details of someone’s experience qualifications and ambitions, but it’s even more complex when someone is asking about an entire country—especially one as large and diverse as Canada. If someone has a background in oil and gas, that might be…

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